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Friday, October 29, 2010

Don't Want to Go! - Shirley Hughes (Picture Book)

Released October 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Lily’s mom is feeling sick so the little girl’s dad arranges for Lily to spend the day with a neighbor. Not thrilled with the situation, Lily announces she doesn’t want to go to Melanie’s house.

Unfortunately she has no choice, so her dad bundles the child up and off they go. When she sees that Melanie has a small dog and a toddler, Lily is a little appeased, but her favorite response to everything still is “Don’t want to!”

Of course, as the day wears on, Lily adjusts to her new friend and the household she is spending the day in. By the time her father arrives to take the little girl home, she is so comfortable in her new surroundings with her new friends that she tells him, of course, she doesn’t want to go home.

This is a cute story with illustrations that are reminiscent of some of Norman Rockwell’s work. The picture book has quite a lot of text so this is definitely a read aloud book rather than one a beginning reader can cut his or her literary teeth on.

Also, given its content, this is a story that will help convince a youngster that new experiences need not be scary. Hopefully, after reading this a few times your youngster won’t balk at trying something different or new.

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